Defense did it again.
For the second straight game in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, Tulane used a last-second stand to prevail, securing a 64-61 win at Georgia Tech on Monday night in Atlanta.
The Green Wave (23-11) tied the program’s best WNIT run by advancing to the round of 16. It will visit Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“So proud of how tough our team played,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “We had different players step up throughout the game. Such a great team win.”
Down 18-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Wave shot 61.1 percent in the second, including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, to tie the score at 36 at halftime.
With 15 seconds left in the game, Tulane led 63-61. Leslie Vorpahl was fouled and connected on 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to push the lead to three. Then the Wave defense came up big as Kolby Morgan secured a steal and ran out the clock.
Morgan recorded her 13th 20-plus-point scoring effort on the year with 22 on 9-of-20 shooting. Vorpahl followed suit with 16 points and six assists, and Chinwe Duru had a career-high 12 rebounds to go with nine points.
Aaliyah Whiteside scored 25 points to lead Georgia Tech (20-13).